Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993.
With bases in Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and Horn Island their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in north Australia.
With a team of highly-trained pilots with an unrivalled amount of experience and knowledge of the Northern Territory, Nautilus Aviation will ensure your journey is one that you will always remember.
Nautilus Aviation works in partnership with a number of the regions top tourism operators, enabling them to make your tour extra special. Nautilus Aviation operate a range of piston and turbine-powered helicopters, allowing them to tailor to the needs of clients.
As a commitment to the industry and clients, Nautilus Aviation are constantly reinvesting in the business with our top-of-the-range helicopters. Executive-style fit-outs, air-conditioning, in-flight audio entertainment systems and leather interiors are just some of the features of the expansive fleet. Nautilus Aviation is equipped to ensure absolute comfort in any setting, for any operation.
- ATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp
- ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
30 Minute Scenic Flight
Enjoy the beauty of Darwin flying along the spectacular city coastline to the Northern Beaches viewing the cliffs of Nightcliff and Casuarina Beach, as well as the pockets of monsoon forest and extensive mangrove communities. The return voyage from the relaxed coastal residential town of Mandorah (located adjacent to Darwin), encompasses panoramic views of the city presenting an exceptional perspective of this diverse region.
Mary River Wetlands - Discovery
Nautilus Aviation is proud to partner with Wildlands Wetlands Safaris to offer scenic helicopter flights to and from the Mary River Wetlands where you will enjoy an exhilarating, sensory-filled airboat adventure and safari cruise!
The world-class Mary River Wetlands are a photographer’s paradise! Teeming with wildlife – and specifically, the highest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere – is a must-do experience! The highly qualified and passionate guides of Wildlands Safaris will take you on an unrivalled tour of Australia’s largest wetland system.
From the helicopter gain a true appreciation of the size and beauty of the wetlands and from the airboat and safari cruise, close views of crocodiles, colourful flora and a myriad of native wildlife including wallabies, jabirus, sea eagles, kites, kingfishers, brolgas, buffaloes and jacanas.
The Mary River system is an 80-minute drive east of Darwin along the famous Arnhem Highway. However, by helicopter, arrive at Corroboree Billabong after a 30-minute scenic flight (60 minutes round trip).
60 Minute Scenic - Litchfield National Park
Departing from Darwin, enjoy a special 60-minute return scenic flight taking in the beauty of Litchfield’s treasures: Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Florence Falls and The Lost City!
The return flight is also a treat. Take in the impressive sights of the Magnetic Termite Mounds and Darwin’s main water supply, the Darwin River Dam, holding half the volume of Sydney Harbour.
Kakadu National Park
Seeing Kakadu from a helicopter is one of the best ways to experience its many magical attractions in just one day! Instead of spending 6 hours travelling by road, spend only 3 hours flying by helicopter, taking in many spectacular landscapes along the way – with various stops for photo opportunities.
Departing from Darwin, enjoy a scenic flight to Kakadu flying over the Adelaide River and its floodplains plus the Mary River National Park. Marvel at Kakadu’s famous wetlands and gorges – including Ubirr. Next stop is Jabiru. Here, enjoy a stop at Cooinda for lunch and a Yellow Water Cruise operated by Kakadu Tourism. The flight home includes views of the pristine wetlands of the Mary River and Corroboree Billabong.
Nautilus Aviation Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Spectacular is the word! This tour combines sweeping views of the wetlands and river systems by helicopter and up-close views of prehistoric jumping crocodiles.
Enjoy a cruise on the scenic Adelaide River and see the powerful natural jumping ability of the Australian Saltwater Crocodile. With experienced guides, visitors will learn more about these magnificent creatures in their own natural habitat. This very popular cruise is suitable for all ages. A one hour drive from Darwin, but why drive when you can fly!
Operators collaborated with are The Original Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises & Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises.
Mary River Wetlands – Airboat Safari
An airboat safari with Wildlands and private helicopter transfers is a truly unique experience that takes you into privately owned areas that no one else can access.
Gliding across seemingly endless floodplains of the Mary River Wetlands systems discover a vast array of native wildlife and amazing flora. Each tour is complete with experienced pilots and tour guides.
True Territory Tour - The Triple T
Take a tour on the wild side and enjoy an iconic Jumping Crocodile Cruise, an exhilarating, sensory-filled airboat adventure and a door-to-door landing for lunch at a local outback watering hole of a different nature, the Noonamah Tavern!
This tour provides unforgettable up-close views of the famed jumping Australian Saltwater Crocodile on the Adelaide River and on Mary River Wetlands, the airboat makes it possible for up-close views of colourful flora and a myriad of native wildlife including wallabies, jabirus, sea eagles, kites, kingfishers, brolgas, buffaloes, jacanas and from safe distances, crocodiles! Your experienced tour guide is available to answer your questions about the wildlife and ecosystem throughout the tour.
In custom-built vessels, offering comfort and safety, this tour is both exciting and educational! Gliding across seemingly endless floodplains in an airboat and viewing ‘jumping’ crocodiles in their own habitats is one not to be missed!
Litchfield Private Waterfall Getaway
Departing from Darwin, enjoy the same sights as per the special 60-minute scenic flight over Litchfield National Park’s treasures with a landing at a private waterfall on top of Litchfield National Park! Here, enjoy a quick getaway complete with swim – perfect for couples and families and those wanting the perfect spot to pop ‘the’ question!
The scenic flight takes in the beauty of Litchfield’s treasures: Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Florence Falls and The Lost City! The return flight is also a treat. Take in the impressive sights of the Magnetic Termite Mounds and Darwin’s main water supply, the Darwin River Dam, holding half the volume of Sydney Harbour.
Litchfield Waterfalls & Finniss River Lodge (Year Round)
Just over 100km south west of Darwin, Litchfield National Park attracts over 260,000 visitors a year and is a must-see when visiting Australia’s Top End, This package combines Litchfield’s amazing waterfalls including time at Sandy Creek Private Waterfall before a 5 star lunch and beverage package at the stunning Finniss River Lodge.
Litchfield Waterfalls & Finniss River Lodge (Seasonal)
Just over 100km south west of Darwin, Litchfield National Park attracts over 260,000 visitors a year and is a must-see when visiting Australia’s Top End, This package combines Litchfield’s amazing waterfalls including time at Sandy Creek Private Waterfall before a 5 star lunch and beverage package and wetlands airboat experience at the stunning Finniss River Lodge.